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1999: the beginning
iMAL (interactive Media Art Laboratory), is a non-profit association created in Brussels in 1999. It was founded by individual artists, media producers, interactive designers, software engineers, and by NICC (a Belgian association of visual artists) with the objective to support artistic forms and creative practices using computer and network technologies as their medium.

2007: opening of the Center for Digital Cultures and Technology
In October 2007, iMAL opened its new venue in Brussels, a Center for Digital Cultures and Technology, a new place of about 600m2 for the meeting of artistic, scientific and industrial innovations, a place entirely dedicated to the contemporary artistic and cultural practices emerging from the fusion of computer, telecommunication, network and media.

Art Laboratory: Experimentation, Residence, Production
IMAL is a laboratory and a workplace for artists in residence, iMAL supports artists during their experimentation and research process as well as for the production and diffusion of their works (e.g. the installations “Salt Lake” by Tom Heene and Yacine Sebti, “Synapse” by Pascale Barret, “Jump!” by Yacine Sebti). IMAL is involved in interdisciplinary projects where digital expressions augment in a meaningful way danse, theater and visual arts.

Research for the Art, Art&Science, Industrial innovation
Regular meetings are organised between creative professionals, innovative technological companies and research institutions (see our website www.imal.org/rendez-vous). In 2008, iMAL will start a research activity as a partner in a French project gathering university labs, innovative companies and art institutions.

Education: Workshops
Since 2001, IMAL produces professional workshops targeted to creative people (artists, designers, developers,…) under the direction of recognised artists (e.g. Casey Reas, David Rokeby, Jasch, Julian Oliver).

Public Events
iMAL public events are designed to raise the awareness of a large audience to the creative usage and critical reviews of information technologies. They range from lectures, performances and concerts to exhibitions and festivals (e.g.. “F2F” - 2003, “Infiltrations Digitales” - 2004, “openLAB” - 2005, "Art+Game" - 2006) usually inviting both internationally recognised artists (e.g.. Jonah Brucker-Cohen, Jodi, Scott Snibbe, Toshio Iwai, Atau Tanaka, Antoine Schmitt) and local emerging ones.

Art works (co-)produced by iMAL are shown or performed in many festivals and art centers: CONTinENT (Helsinki, 2000), Helsinki (Kiasma, 2003), Madrid (VIDA, 2003), Los Angeles (AIM iV, 2003), Stuttgart (Filmwinter, 2004), Lisbon (Alkantara, Close Encounters III, 2006), Amsterdam (Victorian Circus at Brakke Grond, 2006), Basle (Viper, 2006), Montréal (Temps d’Images, 2007), Sao Paulo (File, 2007), Ghent (Almost Cinema at Vooruit, 2007), Shanghai (eArts/Ars Electronica, 2007), London (Sum/Some of the PARTS, 2007).

iMAL is a network institution collaborating with Belgian colleagues (e.g.. www.x-med-a.be , network of artistic laboratories www.kunstenwerkplaats.be) and other european centers (e.g. Laboral / SP, V2, Mediamatic / NL, m-cult / FI, GMEA, Cie Incidents Mémorables, Incident, Art Sensitif / FR, Hangar / SP)

Institutional Funding
iMAL is supported by the Communauté française de Belgique (sector Digital Arts and General Directorate for Culture) and the Flemish authorities (Vlaamse overheid)


Media Facades Festival Europe at Upgrade! Berlin

Marie-Laure will be presenting the Brussels part of the Media Facades Europe 2010 during the Upgrade! Berlin meeting this 22nd of July. More info on Upgrade! Berlin and Media Facades websites.

Salt Lake is nominee for FILE PRIX LUX PRIZE

The installation by Tom Heene and Yacine Sebti is part of the 43 nominees in the interactive art section of the famous brazilian festival FILE (São Paulo). You can support Salt Lake by voting directly on the website of the FILE PRIX LUX.

Chapter 1 - The Discovery: Honorary Mention Ars Electronica 2010

After his nominations for the Transmediale 2010 and the New Media Award of the Liedts-Meesen Foundation, Felix Luque received an Honorary Mention from Ars Electronica in the interactive art category. More on Chapter 1 website.

iMAL Video Archives 2000-2006 on YouTube!

This online archive is the result of a first effort to preserve our media art video documentation from 2000 to 2006 and share it with the largest audience. Thanks to Robin Foguenne, our current internship, wet digged into dozens of DV tapes to compile about 40 clips for a total duration of more than 3 hours in the best quality according to the original medium. On your screen from youtube.com

Media Facade Festival Europe at Transmediale 2010

Media Facade is a European project with FACT / Liverpool, m-cult / Helsinki, iMAL / Brussels, Ars Electronica Futurelab / Linz, Kitchen Budapest, Medialab-Prado / Madrid – initiated by Public Art Lab / Berlin and supported by EU Culture Programme. Marie-Laure (iMAL) will be at the first internal workshop and public presentation of the project which will happen in Berlin during Transmediale.